[SOLVED] Metaphors, Symbols and Iconography
Purpose: For this assignment, you will be able to understand the following: 1) The difference between a metaphor and a symbol 2) Historical uses of symbols and icons 3) Understanding of Surrealism and Still-Life Directions: While encountering artworks this semester you might have come across metaphors and/or symbols represented in works of art. This is a very common type of visual communication that artist have been for centuries that can be understood as a type of universal language. Here are the definitions of the two terms: Metaphor: an image that is descriptive of something else A metaphor is a very broad term that can encompass many ideas and can be closely associated with a literary figure of speech. For instance, in literature, you might understand metaphor as that is a phrase that is not to be taken literally. For instance, All the world’s a stage is a metaphor that was written by William Shakespeare. For the visual arts, metaphors are used as a visual clue that compares an idea/experience/emotion and represents it as an object/process/material. For example, to represent the brevity of life, an artist might use the subject such as a flower that eventually wither over time. Symbol: an image that stands for or represents a cultural entity or concept The main difference between a symbol and a metaphor (although they are very similar) is that a symbol is generally culturally determined and is identifiable by a large group of people. They tend to be more specific and concrete, with little room for interpretation. You often encounter symbolism in religious, mythological and political artworks. For instance, if a white dove is represented in a work of art, then it more than likely represents peace. Iconography is the study of these symbols. Icon and symbol are interchangeable terminology, although typically an icon has religious or political connotations. After reading the materials listed above, watch the video about The Arnolfini Portrait and describe the symbols that are used by Van Eyck and what they represent. Write about how you think these symbols have changed over time and what they might represent today. Also, considering the use of those symbols, what can we as viewers learn about the cultural values with regards to the representation of this partnership of husband and wife. What did they value in the 17th century in the Netherlands as far as to matrimony and expectations for men and women where concerned? Are those values different today? Next, write about where we encounter symbols and how we use symbolism in our daily lives. How has technology impacted they way we use and interpret symbolism and its presence in modern society. What symbolism did you find most compelling or interesting after reading about the examples in religious artworks, the art movement Surrealism and Still-Life painting? Explain your reasoning. Vocabulary Terms: Iconography, Still-Life, Form Please use all three words and type those three words in Bold font Word Count: This should be 400 words minimum. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ODhKqFaugQ https://artsandculture.google.com/usergallery/RQJiNlmd44QxLA https://artsandculture.google.com/usergallery/LgICYbkZ_2LrLQ https://artsandculture.google.com/usergallery/tgJyBqYub38gKg https://artsandculture.google.com/usergallery/oAKis1oFVGZ1KA Address the questions in the directions and have a thoughtful analysis of the material You must also use the vocabulary words mentioned and they must be typed within the essay in bold letters. HOW TO USE THE TERM IN YOUR WRITING:You can use a variation of the word in your Writing Assignments if necessary. For example, if the word is Allegory, than you may use the word Allegorical. As mentioned above, you must you the word within the context of the artwork. For instance, one of your terms this semester is PATTERN. You would use this term and relate it to a specific work of art. For example: “The painting by Sean Scully uses repetitive motifs of lines and shapes to form a quilt-like pattern in his artwork.” You would NOT use pattern in a sentence that follows: “We can find that humans often create patterns throughout history.” The more specific to the provided content, the better!